Shoe Stores

Shoe Stores

Overview

The 5,200 shoe stores in the US sell most types of new footwear and related items. Major product categories include women’s footwear, men’s athletic footwear, women’s athletic footwear, and children’s athletic footwear. Shoe stores may also sell clothing and accessories, such as socks, belts, hosiery, and jewelry. The shoe store industry includes national chains, regional chains, franchises, and independent operators.

Highly Seasonal Demand

The shoe business is highly seasonal and driven by the fashion calendar, which generally revolves around fall and spring collections.

Dependence On Foreign Sources

Imports account for over 98% of footwear sold in the US according to the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA).